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create a scene

To create a loud, typically angry disturbance or display in public, such that it draws attention to those involved. Robert created a scene in the store when they refused to refund him for the broken television. My parents always create a scene with their fighting wherever we go.
See also: create, scene

cause (quite) a stir

 and cause a commotion
to cause people to become agitated; to cause trouble in a group of people; to shock or alarm people. When Bob appeared without jacket and tie, it caused a stir at the state dinner. The dog ran through the church and caused quite a commotion.
See also: cause, stir

create a stink (about something)

 and make a stink (about something); raise a stink (about something)
Fig. to make a major issue out of something; to make much over something; to make a lot of complaints and criticisms about something. Tom created a stink about Bob's remarks. Why did he make a stink about that? Tom is always trying to raise a stink.
See also: create, stink

create an uproar

 and make an uproar
to cause an outburst or sensation. The dog got into church and made an uproar. Her poodle created an uproar in the restaurant.
See also: create, uproar

make a scene

 and create a scene
Fig. to make a public display or disturbance. When John found a fly in his drink, he started to create a scene. Oh, John, please don't make a scene. Just forget about it.
See also: make, scene

make a scene

to be loud and rude with other people or in public My father made a scene, then raced upstairs, slamming the door so hard that the window broke.
See also: make, scene

cause a stir

also create a stir
to cause unusual interest or excitement Rufus was arguing with his older daughter about her boyfriend, and it caused a stir in the family.
Usage notes: often used with quite for emphasis: Her latest novel has created quite a stir.
See also: cause, stir

cause/create a stir

to cause a lot of interest and excitement Emma caused quite a stir in her little black dress last night.
See also: cause, stir

make a scene

Also, create a scene; make an uproar. Make a public disturbance or excited emotional display. For example, Joan made a scene when the restaurant lost her dinner reservation, or Ted made an uproar over losing his luggage. Make a scene was first recorded in 1831; the variant employs uproar in the sense of "a noisy commotion," a usage first recorded in 1548.
See also: make, scene
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Collection development for others has been another major function, with many other academic virtual libraries using iVia/INFOMINE as a resource discovery service for their own collection-building efforts, iVia/INFOMINE is also used by librarians in creating Web-based subject guides or pathfinders in various subjects (this is facilitated through using our "canned search" generator and MyI field), as well as by faculty creating Web resource modules on their course pages in support of curriculum units.
The project supports women in creating community-based interventions in domestic and sexual violence.
Hillside gardening presents a unique challenge: Creating an attractive space that's accessible and won't make the hill come tumbling down.
263(a)-4(d) provides an exclusive list of eight categories of items that must be capitalized as creating an intangible.
During the year, the decision to return and meet by grade levels helped forge relationships with individual teachers, creating a more open environment for dialogue and honesty.
This technique significantly speeded up the process of creating the notes in this study and was a major factor in gaining physician acceptance in the use of SD.
To review, creating a full and complete disk image is the best way to create a backup of a system disk, be it on a Windows 2000 server or on a Windows 95/95/XP/2000 desktop.
You can embed an Excel spreadsheet in a PowerPoint slide, thus actually creating a fully functioning worksheet while you're working in PowerPoint.
In fact, the two companies had argued against the industry creating an MLS.
Federal health planning legislation adopted creating certificate-of-need.
Leadership processes might, for example, create a vision that focuses on not only meeting or anticipating the market's needs, but creating those needs with innovations.
The defendants also claimed that the agents who knocked on the door acted in bad faith by intentionally creating the exigency.
Like the process for creating a loose pattern, the CAD model of the core print can quickly be scaled to compensate for shrinkage, and machining stock can be added to complete the design of the core.
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